I haven't posted in days because of long days at work and honoring commitments and also because this past weekend I received the news that my former pastor, Phil Busbee, (from when I lived in California) and boss (was on staff of the church for a few years) passed away after dealing for years with diabetes and other health concerns. He's pictured above with one of his daughters, Ashley.
My thoughts and prayers have returned to his wife and two daughters - as well as his family and the church members - repeatedly, so I have been preoccupied in thought. Hadn't realized what an impact he'd had on me until now - when his absence seems so strong.
I visited San Francisco in May and had the chance to hear Phil preach and spend a half hour or so with him the next day when he was between appointments. Didn't think much of it until I received the news Saturday of his passing and realized THAT was why I was meant to go to SF in May and not in September which was my other option. I'd prayed about which month to visit and felt strongly I was to go in May. However, I was there and then returned from Califiornia and still didn't know why May was the better choice to visit.
Now I know.
Farewell, Phil. I know that you're enjoying a whole body - without pain - in heaven right now. Thank God for that. Literally.